What We Are Reading: Teachers and Digital Media, ESEA Waivers and Graduation Rates, Dual Credit Courses

Looking for new high school-related resources? Here are some pieces that other organizations have recently released:*

Learning in the 21st Century: Digital Experiences and Expectations of Tomorrow’s Teachers (Project Tomorrow and Blackboard Inc., February 7, 2013). This new report is the latest in a series of annual reports and provides new insights that will inform college and university based teacher preparation programs as well as the induction and professional development processes within K-12 schools and districts.

Shuttered Public Schools: The Struggle to Bring Old Buildings New Life (Pew Charitable Trusts, February 11, 2013). In October 2011, Pew published a study of the school closure process. This new report focuses on the final step in that process, one with lasting impact on city neighborhoods: finding new uses for the decommissioned buildings or the property on which they sit. This report examines Philadelphia’s current school-disposition process and the experience of 11 other cities that have significant inventories of decommissioned schools. Nearly all of the cities have been experiencing both declining school-age populations and declining enrollments in district-run schools.

The Effect of ESEA Waiver Plans on High School Graduation Rate Accountability (Alliance for Excellent Education, February 12, 2013). This report provides an extensive analysis which shows that recent progress in holding high schools accountable for how many students they graduate may be slowed in some states based on waivers recently granted under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. The report also includes a review of approved waiver plans submitted by thirty-four states and the District of Columbia.

Choice Schools Have Much In Common With Milwaukee Public Schools, Including Student Performance (Public Policy Forum, February 2013). This report presents data collected as part of the Public Policy Forum’s 15th annual census of Milwaukee Parental Choice Program (MCPC) schools and 2nd annual census of Racine’s Parental Private School Choice Program, conducted October-December 2012. The limited data available make clear that when the MPCP is considered as a whole, it has much in common with other large, urban districts in the state in terms of student demographics, exam outcomes, and state aid. Where it differs significantly, however, is the rapid rate of enrollment growth it is experiencing, the much lower per-pupil costs, and the lack of performance data related to student achievement.

Dual Credit and Exam-Based Courses in U.S. Public High Schools: 2010-11 (National Center on Education Statistics, February 19, 2013). This report provides national estimates about dual credit courses at public high schools. The estimates presented in this report are based on a school survey about dual credit courses offered by high schools during the 2010-11 school year.

*Resource descriptions provided by the sponsoring organization.

Note: This blog post was originally authored under the auspices of the National High School Center at the American Institutes for Research (AIR). The National High School Center’s blog, High School Matters, which ran until March 2013, provided an objective perspective on the latest research, issues, and events that affected high school improvement. The CCRS Center plans to continue relevant work originally developed under the National High School Center grant. National High School Center blog posts that pertain to CCRS Center issues are included on this website as a resource to our stakeholders.

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